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Remove surface rust

Discussion in 'Uncategorized Threads' started by hawk57, Apr 3, 2007.

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  1. hawk57

    hawk57 TS Member

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    I have a Berretta bobcat. It's been in an unopen box for several years. I took it out the other day and noticed brown flaky rust spots in various nooks on the gun. Not sure how deep the rust goes yet. Any suggestions on removing the rust (I don't care if I have to reblue). Any good chemicals or should I break out my Dremmel?

    Hawk,
     
  2. Johnny

    Johnny Well-Known Member

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    I use a brass brush and bore cleaner or oil and scrub the area repeatedly.
     
  3. Old Cowboy

    Old Cowboy Active Member

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    Fine steel wool
     
  4. Beancounter

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    You may want to try a piece of deer antler.
     
  5. southpark

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    If you are going to reblue anyway (and all the prep that entails), Naval Jelly is what you need.

    This will remove it completely.

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000C016OC/sr=1-1/qid=1156575701/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8
     
  6. spritc

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    Hawk, whatever you do, do not use steel wool unless you are planning to re-blue. Buy a gun polish like Flitz and it will remove surface rust without removing the blue. Go slow and don't rub too hard and that should do the trick. For a small area that has some surface rust, take a penny and gently rub the rust spot. This too will remove the rust and not harm the blue.

    Good Luck,
    Steve
     
  7. halfmile

    halfmile Well-Known Member

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    Break Free used gently with fine steel wool and allowed to sit overnight will get under the rust.

    Kroil is good too.

    Lead wipes take rust off and if care is used the blue stays. If there is no blue left under the rust you may be able to use some cold blue. Clean with Brakekleen first.

    I like the penny trick, will try next chance I get.

    HM
     
  8. hawk57

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    Thanks for the info. Dam rust is in very tight corners that I can barely get a cuetip into. Might need to go with the chemical approach and reblue. Only paid $100 for it at a gun show years ago. So I'm not to concerned wit hit's looks but I don't want any rust.


    Thanks,
    Hawk
     
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    I'd 2nd the Flitz approach, plus it leaves a protective coating to inhibit future rust - try a toothpick to get in deep or a bamboo skewer.

    Jay Spitz
     
  10. hawk57

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    Thanks for the help guys. Last night I got out my Dremmel (on med speed) and the fine wire brush wheel attachment with some breakfree. I removed all the rust and the process left the metal intact with no pits. I only needed to do the barrel, hammer, slide, and trigger/housing(The gun frame is aluminum). I cleaned it with alcohol and reblued (cold). It turned out great!

    Hawk,
     
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